SAXON – Sacrifice

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Saxon’s 20th album, Sacrifice, releases in the United States on February 26, 2013. The album was produced by Saxon’s vocalist Biff Byford, with Andy Sneap mixing it and Jacky Lehmann engineering it. If you’ve been a Saxon fan throughout their other albums, you’ll no doubt find something to like on the newest release. Sacrifice is… Read more »


TRAPT – Reborn

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TRAPT has been Reborn.  Their new 11 track album, has a massive new sound for the band.  Lead singer/guitarist, Chris Taylor Brown and band mates Robb Torres (lead guitar), Pete Charell (bass) welcomed a new drummer, Dylan Thomas Howard, previously from Unwritten Law.   The group has worked feverishly on new ideas and revelations to bring… Read more »


DAYLIGHT ROBBERY – Cross Your Heart… And Hope To Die

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Birmingham, England, birthplace of heavy metal acts such as Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, has produced another act worthy of making its way into your music library. Daylight Robbery has been described as heavy melodic rock, classic rock, and AOR. With influences such as Tyketto, Journey,and Europe, their musical roots are clearly very firmly planted… Read more »


12 Days of Christmas – Third Street Saloon

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Just a little over a month after the Big Dogs Reunion featuring Royal Bliss, Blitzcreek Bookings rocked Cedar Rapids, Iowa again by hosting the Winter Riot (or 12 Days of Christmas) Tour at Third Street Saloon on December 8, 2012.  This event was co-sponsored by Neon Dragon Tattoo and Body Piercing. With eight bands squeezing into… Read more »


SISTER SIN – Now And Forever

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Swedish heavy metal merchants Sister Sin deliver their third proper studio album Now And Forever with a real sense of confidence, as they realize their identity and direction.  It’s a popular misconception that this album is their fourth, but in actual fact the first release called Dance of the Wicked was a selection of demos, and therefore… Read more »


KAMELOT – Silverthorn

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Prepare yourself for an album that provides both drama and constantly weaving epic musical backdrops.  Silverthorn begins the journey with a two-minute introduction mixing up some elegant piano with some husky, quietly spoken dialogue before launching into the urgent Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife), which showcases both the heavier end of their spectrum with the more melodic… Read more »


VICIOUS RUMORS – Live You to Death

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Live You to Death by Vicious Rumors is a ferocious, jagged-toothed beast of an album. Unleashed in a live setting, the band is given free reign to fully display its skillful fusion of pummeling aggression with surgically sharp playing. It takes talent to play spot-on melodies, twin guitar leads, and double bass drum pummelings at… Read more »


DIEMONDS – The Bad Pack

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Diemonds are fully, unabashedly old school hard rock.  Anyone who was of age in the late 80’s will immediately feel the pull of nostalgia listening to The Bad Pack.  (I spent many a night on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood way back then, and if I close my eyes listening to this album, I can… Read more »


ONE-EYED DOLL – Committed

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The spotlight shines brightly on Kimberly Freeman with her Dave Lee Roth-style high kicks and that fascinating voice, which resembles Jack Off Jill on occasions, then a female version of Serj Tankian on others.  Make no mistakes, this is a rock album for sure.  Jagged guitar with short bursts dancing in perfect time with the steady and… Read more »


SOMETHING UNTO NOTHING – S.U.N.

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In the beginning, the members of Something Unto Nothing (S.U.N.) agreed that in order to write the best, trend-free music they could, they needed to get away.  So, in the mountains of Canyon Country, they found an old, deserted shack.  They got supplies to last them two weeks, and set out to write a complete album.  The… Read more »


A PERFECT DAY – A Perfect Day

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A Perfect Day is a brand new trio that features the very talented musicians from Labyrinth:  Andrea Cantarelli (guitar), Roberto Tiranti (bass and vocals) and Alessandro Bissa (drums).  Their self-titled debut album is a must have for any rock fan.  The music is different than that of Labyrinth; A Perfect Day is more melodic with… Read more »


HELL – Human Remains

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Hell are not the most famous band in the world; they are often found within the depths of the Metal Archives, amongst other lost bands of past decades.  Their popularity is, however, growing exponentially and they are clawing their way out of those depths.  Once you hear them, Hell will go from YouTube footage to… Read more »